if November was long and exhausting December was just as crazy.
that tree that we brought home from charlotte got put up (not really in a timely manner but it got put up and decorated (finally). each year at Christmas we have a real tree. i grew up in a home with a fake tree (we always traveled at Christmas so it didn’t make sense to have a real one) and andy grew up in a family that had a real tree. we compromised and now we have a real tree (the compromise is that andy will water the devil out of the tree because i am so scared it will catch on fire – too much rescue 911 as a child). back to my point…each year when andy brings the real tree in the house Otis gets so excited his entire butt wags. this year he seemed overly excited so we sat him down and explained that the tree wasn’t his and he wrinkled his forehead and dropped his ears and looked at me like i ruined his life.
dec 5th would have been leslie’s 30 birthday. i can’t believe it. i miss her so much. on top of being a little sad anyways it was a day from hell at work. there were cancelled clinics, emergency case to go to surgery, bumped surgeries because of the emergencies, rude people and nothing went right. tension was high among all and at the end of the day we all just looked at each other and shook our heads. it was a train wreck of the day and i was glad to get home and be off that train for a night. i will say with as bad of a day as it was my coworkers are rock stars and make even the worst day manageable.
the next day i was freaking out because i couldn’t find my camera cord. i looked everywhere and called all of the places i had been to make sure it didn’t magically jump out of my camera bag. this panic went on for a few weeks. (no worries i found it after a few weeks – in my bag that i never unpacked from thanksgiving – that will teach me to not unpack).
dec 7th dr. scott (nat) took the girls to Asheville for our Christmas gift. we did some shopping and went to grove park inn for dinner. it was so much fun to hang out with all of the ladies outside of work. we shopped until we almost dropped and thankfully we ran out of time because we ran out of room in the van. on the way home we ran into some thick fog and thought we were going to die…but we didn’t. we laughed and laughed. i love these ladies!
i bought a lawn ornament (ok yes i did but i love it and i have no shame). it is a tobacco stick with two old records melted and painted to look like a flower. i will post pictures this spring when andy lets me put it in the yard. he wasn’t all that excited about it.
we put out Christmas decorations. each year a little more gets added to our yard and i LOVE it. this year we added a little snowman and some deer to the doghouse and the word noel. it looked so great. the wind was really bad so we had some issues with our big snowman and the deer but it all worked out. one night when i was doing laundry i heard the wind blowing really hard and looked out the window and saw that a deer fell over and the snowman had his head blown back and arms out so it looked like he was praying for the deer. it was really funny (or maybe you had to be there).
i will share other Christmas decoration photos of the inside of the house soon (in another post).
Otis had a seizure on thee 21st. he seems to be doing ok with it and had no lingering effects. just slows him down for a little bit. i had this long to do list and in the middle of being productive he had the seizure.
other big news in dec is that we updated our phones. we both now have iPhones. i no longer have a flip phone. it has been a little weird. i still don’t really use it other than to call, text, and take some pictures. i don’t really use the internet or anything that will use up data. just don’t feel right about that for some reason.
we went to a surprise graduation party for david (nat’s husband).
we had Christmas here. Otis got boots and hated them. once we get his nails trimmed we will post a video of him wearing them. he played with Bryson. they ran in the house and chased each other. they howled and screamed together. it was really funny. my grandmother got a headlight and it was so funny to watch her and my great-aunt open gifts. Otis also had a blast playing and wouldn’t share with dad even when he got in the floor to play with him. we were also very thankful that Andrew got back to the states. he was deployed overseas and it was great to see him and to know that he is “home.”
we went to charlotte for Christmas. we had fun with the family. andy, erik, and Katie got hornets gear and had fun reminiscing with that! we got the girls a bug this year (ellen is too young to use it but it should last until she is older so that they will get a lot of years out of it. cj isn’t so good at driving (at least she wasn’t when she got it) hopefully she will get better before she turns 16!
andy also decided to do no shave november and i didn’t notice until the middle of dec that he still didn’t shave – so he looked pretty shaggy.
a little cousin was born in december: logan ross made his appearance and him and his mama are healthy and his daddy is proud.
church was crazy. we had a ton of events that seemed to be unending. we had the progressive dinners for the youth as well as a ton of special services.
as much as i enjoyed seeing family and friends this wasn’t the best December. it just went by too quickly and i felt like i wasn’t able to enjoy it like years past. we didn’t get any Christmas cards out this year and i hate that. i felt like we rushed and scrambled to “do” Christmas and all we accomplished was barely surviving it.
to celebrate enduring the end of a crazy year, 2013, we went to the cabin for new years eve to relax. we did nothing but relax. we went shopping one day for a little bit but the other time we spent playing a new great game – crack the code on the dvd player. it was bought at an auction and has a parental lock on the dvd player and we couldn’t watch any of our new movies. we still have a great time. Otis woke me up one morning and i got to see the sunrise.
happy end of 2013 and beginning of 2014